I have seen more carp on the Dupage this year than ever before. It seems every pool, every turn, and every jam in every stretch is holding atleast a few. I counted 13 in a school just lazily cruising in one spot the other day. Ton of suckers it seems too. Anyone else notice this too, or is it just me?
Anywho, me and the woman hit the river for about 45 mins after work last night, to try and do battle with a giant or two before dark. Sight fishing light action spinning gear, with a #8 octopus hook and sweet corn is my rig of choice for these beasts. A little bit of floating weed cover and moss did make things a little more challenging, but the river has cleared up quote a bit from what it has looked like recently.
Saw a few giants, but fish were not very active last night. Hit a few in the head with my bait, and they just weren't in the mood. We did have a few takers tho. First two fish were smaller, in the 3lb range. She ended up with a pretty nice one that ended our outing. After a good 5 minute battle with this one, every fish in the area spooked out. A good note to close on.
Lo the angler. He riseth in the morning and upsetteth the whole household. Mighty are his preparations. He goeth forth with great hope in his heart and when the day is far spent, he returneth, smelling of strong drink, and the truth is not in him.
I have heard other people mention mulberries before. I'll have to give that a try some time. And yea, that was off of Rt. 59. I fish the Duper from Plainfield, down through Channahon. Usually in the Yak, or wading. Every spot I hit seems to be loaded with carp this year.
Best bait I ever used for Carp was called "Doc's Carp Getter"... It came in vanilla and strawberry scents... Smelled almost good enough to eat... Pick some of those berries and mix them with crushed corn flakes or in a dough bait concoction
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I fished that same area Saturday afternoon and saw a TON of carp. I walked the trail up to the end and got in the water. I ended up catching a few smallies floating a 3" Smoke/Purple tube on a 1/2oz head into holes that were holding fish. There were quite a few smallmouth and even more huge carp from the ComEd high lines all the way up where I stopped wading just north of Chicago Bridge & Iron (according to Google Maps on my iPhone anyways). Tried, with no success, small shaky heads, wacky-rigged worms, and a 1/2oz football with a 3" craw trailer. All in all it was a good 4 hour wade, minus the sunburn!
I've never targeted carp, but I can only imagine the fun one could have on a medium action rod with light test. Might have to bring a couple kernels of corn next outing and give it a go!
I'd love to try mulberries but I don't know where any grow near me. I looked at them online and they look just like blackberrys. Probably a stupid question, but would blackberrys/raspberrys possible work? I'm not sure what mulberries taste like.
Taterman wrote:I'd love to try mulberries but I don't know where any grow near me. I looked at them online and they look just like blackberrys. Probably a stupid question, but would blackberrys/raspberrys possible work? I'm not sure what mulberries taste like.
Mulberries are best fished where there is a mulberry tree near/overhanging the water ... I'm sure anthing smelling or looking like one near a fruiting tree would work. I've never tried just fishing them without a fruiting tree nearby to 'chum' the water for me though.
Side note- awesome job Yak Man - love carp fishing!
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